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Dennis LeupoldC'mon...Taylor Swift can't hog all the limelight today with new album release information, right?

Demi Lovato jumped on Twitter Wednesday afternoon to announce that her new album will be called Tell Me You Love Me, and that it'll be available September 29.  It's available for pre-order starting at midnight.

Her post also includes a brief clip of the album's title track, an impassioned mid-tempo ballad with booming drums.

Demi will perform the album's first single, "Sorry Not Sorry," at this Sunday night's MTV VMAs.  She told ABC Radio last Friday that the album's sound will be more of R&B/pop, rather than just straight ahead pop, because that's how she feels her voice sounds naturally.

As previously reported, Taylor's new album Reputation is out November 10.

New Album: Tell Me You Love Me coming September 29th. Pre-order tonight at Midnight ET!! #TellMeYouLoveMe pic.twitter.com/MWJwVGUJPj

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 23, 2017

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Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande has been forced to cancel her Vietnam tour stop due to health problems.

The singer made the announcement on her Instagram Stories and issued a heartfelt apology to fans. She had been scheduled to perform in Ho Chi Minh City tonight.

“My babes in Vietnam, I apologize from the bottom of my heart but I'm really dealing with some health problems at the moment," Ariana writes. "I came here to Vietnam, so excited to perform, my doctor won't allow me to do the show for you tonight.”

She adds, “I'm so, so sorry. There is nothing I hate to do more than to do this, but I promise to make it up to you in the future. I love you and thank you for understanding."

Ariana's Dangerous Woman tour is expected to resume Saturday in Beijing, China.

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Kai Z. FengBruno Mars came face-to-face with his wrestling champ namesake, Bruno Sammartino, Tuesday night.

The singer, who was born Peter Hernandez, was given the nickname “Bruno” as a child by his dad because of his alleged resemblance to the retired pro wrestling heavyweight champ.

The two Brunos finally got the chance to meet backstage at the 24K Magic World Tour stop in Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.

Mars posted a photo with Sammartino on Instagram, writing, “I was nicknamed after this professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Tonight in Pittsburgh I had the honor of meeting him!”

In the pic, Mars is smiling proudly while holding one of Sammartino’s championship belts.

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BMLG/Mert & MarcusNow, the snake makes sense.

Tayor Swift's new album is called Reputation, and it'll be out November 10.  The first single will be out Thursday night.  Swift unveiled the information on her social media feeds Wednesday morning. 

Taylor's team tells ABC News that "tomorrow night" means means 12:01 a.m. ET, Friday August 25.

As for the snake videos she's been posting: Taylor's "reputation" was certainly damaged last year, due to her feud with Kanye West and some comments her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris made about her.  Haters called her a "snake" and flooded her Instagram feed with snake emojis.

Reputation is spelled out in Gothic-style letters, like the font The New York Times uses, and the artwork shows Taylor in black and white, superimposed in front of what looks like a newspaper front page.  It's a safe bet she's taking aim at the endless stories about her.

Reputation will be Taylor's follow-up to her 2014 worldwide smash album, 1989.

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 23, 2017

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ABC/Heidi GutmanFifth Harmony's self-titled third album is out on Friday, and it's the first project where the girls were allowed to have creative control.  As a result, they say, their new music marks the first time that they're not just "going through the motions."

On the new album, which features the single "Down," the girls co-wrote over half the material, and were involved in choosing the rest. Speaking to USA Today, Normani Kordei explains, "Now, we’re not getting on stage every night and...singing the songs because we were told to sing them. This is the first time we’re excited, and believing what we sing."

Fifth Harmony's disc is their first without Camila Cabello, who's launched a solo career.  But Lauren Jauregui is staying positive when it comes to her former band mate.

"We’re so happy, and we moved forward, and we’re in a good place, and we hope she’s in a good place," she tells USA Today. "And that’s really what matters."

What also matters, the girls say, is how they can best serve as positive role models for their young fans, especially because they're all women of color.

“We’re representing young women from across America, all different kinds of girls, and even if they’re not like any one of us, they notice that all of us are different, so they can be different too," says Lauren.

And when Normani looks into the crowd at a show and sees "a little Caucasian girl with a Normani T-shirt on," she says it makes her realize that "we’ve broken barriers...where people don’t look like me, or don’t have the same hair texture as me, can identify with me so deeply."

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ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift's snake is complete.

If you look at her Instagram feed, there are now three videos in a row, and together, they all make one complete snake.  Today, Taylor posted the head of the snake, and it's pretty darn scary: not only is it really evil-looking, but it opens its mouth to show deadly fangs and appears to "strike" the camera.

What's all this leading up to?  Fans hope it's a new single, but whether or not the single has anything to do with snakes is another story.  It may be a way for Taylor to say she's "striking back" against her haters, who flooded her Instagram feed with snake emojis last year.

If Taylor's new single does arrive this week, it'll be roughly three years since she announced her last album, 1989, and released its first single, "Shake It Off."

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 23, 2017
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Scott Dudelson/WireImageGemini, Macklemore's first official solo album in 12 years, will be released next month.  The rapper, who in the past has struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism, says finally, he was "in a good place" making the new set.

"I was happy and at home with my baby girl and my lady," the rapper tells ABC Radio, referring to his daughter Sloane and wife Tricia. "And [I was recording] downstairs in the basement and everything was just good. So I think there’s definitely a certain spirit to the album that defines where I’m at in my life at this point."

That spirit is certainly present in the album's first single, "Glorious," a collaboration with Skylar Grey.  He says he wrote some of the verses, and then Skylar came in and they finished the song.  "The beats just felt glorious to me," says Macklemore. "That's the word I kept hearing."

"I picked that word," Skyler argues. "The first time I heard his verses and I heard him say 'glorious,' I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that’s the title. That has to be the song.'”

The video for "Glorious" features Macklemore celebrating his grandma Helen's 100th birthday by taking her on a series of adventures, like egging a neighbor’s house, singing karaoke, cruising in a convertible, playing arcade games and visiting a thrift shop. 

"I had been wanting to..film her, you know, for the family -- archival footage of this incredible woman in our life," Macklemore explains. "And I thought, 'Well, what if we did a crazy bucket list type of day with her?'"

"She was completely down," he adds. "I mean, she didn’t know what was gonna happen, she had no idea what we were getting into, but she was down for the journey and completely with it."

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ABC/Randy HolmesShe may be a diva, but if you think Mariah Carey is some kind of egomaniac, guess again.

Speaking to Page Six, Mariah insists that despite being rich, talented, world-famous and beautiful, she has the same insecurities as everyone else.

"I just feel like I am a regular human being and I deserve the same respect as anybody else," she tells Page Six. "I have always had low self-esteem, and people do not recognize that.”

While part of Mariah's current tour features her sitting on a throne, she says she doesn't really feel like a queen on the inside.

"Growing up different, being biracial, having the whole thing where I did not know if I fit in...that is why music became such a big part of my life, because it helped me overcome those issues,” she explains.

But, she admits, “Sometimes it's hard to let your guard down. I do think to myself, ‘Did they mean this? Or do they not really mean it?’ And that is with everybody -- it's not just with three people or just one.”

The Grammy-winner also recalls how she struggled before she topped the chart with her debut single, "Vision of Love."

"I remember it not being easy getting a record deal....being broke with no food. My go-to meal was [pasta] sauce. Me and my friend would split the pasta and sauce for, like, a week."

Mariah says that in addition to her tour, she's prepping a new fragrance that "smells like success," and she's also working on a "secret song."

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Courtesy MTVThe MTV VMAs are this Sunday, and starting Thursday, you can vote in the just-announced "Song of the Summer" category, which features the songs you've no doubt been jamming to for months.  And yes, "Despacito" is most definitely one of the nominees.

Voting opens August 24 at 1 p.m. ET and will run exclusively in a Snapchat Our Story for 36 hours.  The winner will be revealed during the telecast, which airs live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday night, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Last year's winner was Fifth Harmony's "All in My Head (Flex)" featuring Fetty Wap.  Fifth Harmony are also nominated this year, for their latest hit, "Down," featuring Gucci Mane.  The girls and the rapper will perform the song together during the show.

Here are the nominees:

"Despacito (Remix)” - Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
“Down” - Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane
“OMG” - Camila Cabello ft. Quavo
"Shape of You” - Ed Sheeran
"Sorry Not Sorry” - Demi Lovato
"There's Nothing Holding Me Back” - Shawn Mendes
"Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
"XO Tour Llif3” - Lil Uzi Vert

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj and MAC aren't through with your lips just yet.

The rapper and cosmetics manufacturer are once more joining forces to release two new lipsticks, called Nicki Nudes.    

"I'll release these #NickiNudes in September, in preparation for my big surprise announcement with MAC @maccosmetics #MACxNickiMinaj," Minaj writes on Instagram.  

Nicki's working on a "first of its kind partnership" with the popular cosmetics brand, and further reveals her Nicki Nudes are "a little tease" before the debut of her secret collaboration with MAC.  

"Can't wait to reveal this exciting news I'm working on for 2018!!" she adds.   

In 2010, MAC released a limited-edition Pink 4 Friday lipstick upon the release of Nicki's debut album, Pink Friday.  

The superstar also fronted MAC's Viva Glam campaign in 2012 and 2013.

For upcoming information on Nicki's Nicki Nudes collection launch, check out MACCosmetics.com.   

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Guess who’s back w/M·A·C? Surprise announcement coming for 2018! Until then, #NickiNudes come out globally in September. #MACxNickiMinaj pic.twitter.com/g7BGAg5TMx

— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 22, 2017

 

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RCA RecordsPentatonix is already getting ready to ring in the holiday season.

The a cappella group has announced a Christmas tour set to kick off in Chicago on December 3. They’ll play three nights at The Chicago Theatre before hitting dates across the East Coast. The tour will conclude with three shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 25.

It’ll mark Pentatonix's first tour featuring songs from their three highly popular holiday albums, including last year's A Pentatonix Christmas. They’ll be releasing a deluxe version of that album on October 20.

That’s not all the gifts Pentatonix will be giving this holiday season -- they'll also return to NBC with a new holiday special featuring live performances and more. Last year, the network aired A Pentatonix Christmas Special.

Here are the dates for A Pentatonix Christmas Tour:

12/3 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/4 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/5 -- The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
12/7 -- Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
12/9 -- Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
12/12 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/13 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/14 -- Boch Center - Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
12/17 -- The Anthem, Washington, DC
12/19 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/20 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
12/21 -- The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

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ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore is almost ready to unveil his first solo album in 12 years.

The rapper has announced the album, titled Gemini, will be out September 22. He also revealed the track list, which includes his current single “Glorious,” featuring Skylar Grey, and a track called “Good Old Days” featuring Kesha.

Shortly after the album drops, Macklemore will hit the road for his Gemini Tour. He’ll kick things off in Portland, Oregon on October 6. The trek wraps November 14 in Boston.

Here is the track list for Gemini:

"Ain't Gonna Die Tonight" feat. Eric Nally
"Glorious" feat. Skylar Grey
"Marmalade" feat. Lil Yachty
"Willy Wonka" feat. Offset
"Intentions" feat. Dan Caplen
"Good Old Days" feat. Kesha
"Levitate" feat. Otieno Terry
"Firebreather" feat. Reignwolf
"How To Play the Flute" feat. King Draino
"Ten Million"
"Over It" feat. Donna Missal
"Zara" feat. Abir
"Corner Store" feat. Dave B and Travis Thompson
"Miracle" feat. Dan Caplen
"Church" feat. Xperience
"Excavate" feat. Saint Claire

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NEW ALBUM. GEMINI. 9.22.17. DIGITAL PRE-ORDER HERE NOW: https://t.co/5ubTpAK90U pic.twitter.com/BePlgcozga

— MARMALADE (@macklemore) August 22, 2017

 

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David LaChapelle/RCA RecordsOne of the biggest hot button issues of the moment is the question of whether or not statues across the U.S. that depict figures of the Confederacy -- such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis -- should be taken down. But one fan in New Orleans is now arguing that those statues should indeed come down...to make way for a "real Louisiana hero:" one Britney Jean Spears.

The petition, started by a fan named Kassie Thibodeaux [TIH buh doe], argues that throughout her career, Britney has done numerous charitable things to support her home state, such as donating a quarter-million dollars to help Louisiana flood victims, and raising hundreds of thousands more for Louisiana education and Hurricane Katrina relief.

That alone would make her a hero, but Thibodeaux claims that Britney also deserves to be immortalized in bronze or stone because "she's proven her strength of character."

Britney has "not only overcom[e] highly publicized mental breakdown," argues Thibodeau, and is "continuously working towards improving herself. She's an inspiration to millions."

When we last checked, the Change.org petition had attracted nearly 1400 signatures.

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ABC/ Paula LoboA Canadian teen who survived a brain tumor had his dream come true last Friday when he took the stage with OneRepublic during their concert at Edmonton’s Rogers Place

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 17-year-old Brendan Prince got to duet with frontman Ryan Tedder on the song “I Lived” as his family watched from the audience.

"It's a bit of a blur to me still, to be honest," Brendan told CBC News Saturday.

He said he chose that particular song because connects with what he’s been through. He had brain surgery last September and still suffers from seizures every day.

"I just relate to it on such a personal level because of all the surgeries I've been through," said Brendan. "I lived. I did it all."

Brendan said the experience of singing with his idols is going to stick with him forever.

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ABC/Paula LoboO, say can you see Demi Lovato singing "The Star-Spangled Banner?"  She'll be doing just that this weekend in Las Vegas.

The Grammy-nominated star has been tapped to belt out the national anthem before boxing champ Floyd Mayweather takes on MMA star Conor McGregor in their much-hyped pay-per-view fight this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

We're not sure who Demi is rooting for in the fight, but it's worth noting that she is a huge MMA fan.

The event airs on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMonday, the moon blocked out the sun.  Now Ariana Grande is going to spread Moonlight everywhere.

That's the name of the singer's new signature fragrance, which will debut at Ulta Beauty stores next month.  According to LUXE Brands, Ariana's fragrance partner, the scent was "created to inspire confidence to be yourself and carries the strong message of being a positive light to those around you."

Moonlight -- named after a track on Ariana's Dangerous Woman album -- features notes of black currant, plum, marshmallow and peony, and dries down to sandalwood, black amber and vanilla.  The bottle features a holographic sheen, a lavender cap and a lavender pom-pom.

Last year, Ariana launched Sweet Like Candy, a perfume that won the 2016 Fragrance Foundation "Fragrance of the Year" award.  She also has two other fragrances: Ari, and Frankie, the latter a unisex scent named for her half-brother.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCMonday, Taylor Swift sent the Internet into a frenzy when -- after completely deleting her Twitter feed -- she posted a new tweet: a brief video of what looked like a snake.  Well, now we can tell you it's definitely a snake, because in a second tweet Tuesday, Taylor posted more footage of apparently that same snake.

There are rumors that Taylor will release a new song this Friday, and that it'll be called "Timeless." So what does the snake have to do with anything?  There's some speculation that she's reclaiming the snake idea from her haters...and from Kim Kardashian.

As you may recall, last year, Taylor's ex boyfriend, Calvin Harris, went after her on Twitter, accusing her of trying to make him look bad.  Calvin fans responded by posting snake emojis on her Instagram feed.

Also last year, Taylor denied she knew that Kanye West had planned to name check her in his song, "Famous."  But then Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, released a video on Snapchat of a call between Taylor and Kanye, in which Taylor enthusiastically discusses the song with Kanye. 

Kim famously clued fans into that post by tweeting a bunch of snake emojis, and again, haters flooded Taylor's Instagram feeds with the same emoji.  Then all the snake emojis disappeared from Taylor's feeds. 

Not long after that, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom revealed that that the company had created a filter that would allow stars to delete certain words and emojis from their feeds, and that Taylor's feed was its first test case.

So, are Taylor's snake posts now her reaction to the controversy last year...or is she calling someone else a snake?  Or neither?  We'll just have to wait to find out.

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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 22, 2017

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Courtesy MTVLeading up to this Sunday night's MTV VMAs, MTV has tapped some of today's hottest performers -- from DNCE to Bebe Rexha -- to stage a series of free concerts this week in Hollywood.

The shows will take place at The Avalon in Hollywood.  If you're 18 or older, you can register for tickets at VMAWeekend2017.com.  If you can't make it to Hollywood, MTV will live stream all the concerts, which feature different artists each night.

Here's the lineup:

Thursday: Echosmith, Why Don't We and more

Friday: Cheat Codes, Kacy Hill and more

Saturday: "Best New Artist night" with DNCE, Bebe Rexha, Noah Cyrus and Sammi Sanchez

The MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Katy Perry, air at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 27 on MTV.

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Denise Truscello/WIreImageBackstreet Boys are having a moment: Their Las Vegas residency is a huge success, they topped the country charts by collaborating with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line, and now they have a new album in the works.  According to AJ McLean, on this record, the Boys will be more like men.

Speaking to Paper magazine for its Las Vegas issue, AJ says, "We definitely want to go back to the five-part harmony, that signature Backstreet Boys sound, but we're a little bit more mature and grown up."

He adds, "We're fathers and a little older, so we may not be so bubble-gummy -- but not raunchy either. Just sexy, fun music."

Meanwhile, the Boys' residency, Larger than Life, has now been extended into 2018, and Howie Dorough says, "We're thinking we're probably going to be out here at least for the next two years."

"Hopefully longer," adds Brian Littrell. "The show is a perfect fit for our generation who is now older. They're bringing their kids to our shows."

By way of example, Kevin Richardson says, "A family came through the line the other night at a meet and greet: an 82-year-old grandmother, her daughter and then her daughter. That's pretty cool."

And according to Kevin, the Las Vegas shows are Backstreet at its best.

"We've...gotten better with age," he tells Paper. "I feel like now there's a confidence, there's a seasoned-vet vibe that goes through us."

"We all are comfortable in our skin," adds Nick Carter.

Brian laughs, "We're like an old married couple!"

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ABC/Heidi GutmanEvery member of One Direction -- past and present -- now has had at least one top-40 hit.  But Liam Payne, who currently has two hits on the chart -- "Get Low" and "Strip That Down" -- says there's no competition between the guys...only respect.

"I'm so proud of everybody's success," he tells ABC Radio. "I think everyone's gone out and also done what they wanted to do with music, rather than just hiding behind something, which I think is incredible."

Liam's first solo single, "Strip That Down," was co-written by Ed Sheeran, who'd previously written material for 1D.  Liam says he's thankful that Ed took the time to work with him, given that he's just a little busy these days.

"It was great to work with Ed Sheeran again, I mean, at the height of his success, for him to think about me is amazing!" gushes Liam.

Not only did Ed co-write "Strip That Down," but it's his voice -- electronically treated -- that you hear on the track saying "Strip that down girl/love when you hit the ground."  But Liam says there's another take of the song where Ed does more than that.  "Strip That Down" features rapper Quavo, but Liam says when he first heard it, Ed was doing the rapping.

"There's a version [with] Ed doing that Ludacris rap in the song 'Yeah!' on it, where he thought the rapper should go," laughs Liam. "And it's really really funny."

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